Pastoral Care:  If you have a need for Pastoral Care, The Rev. Linda Calkins is available.  Please call the church office (301) 355-7189 during regular office hours on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 a.m.-3:00p.m.  or you may call her cell phone, 240-643-2663 at other times.  E-mail address for Rev. Linda is
The Christmas Pageant Dec. 16th, followed by a wonderful coffee hour (thanks to Nancy Row and Lois Leigh) this Sunday, December 16th, during the 10:30 service.  It is never too late for children and their friends to join us. We have plenty of costumes that can be put on quickly.  We appreciate our parents being at church by 10-10:10 AM to help get costumes on and be ready for the service.  A special visit with Santa is planned during the coffee hour for the kids.  We look forward to seeing everyone on this special occasion!
Holiday Food Drive: Sunday, December 16th is the final day for our holiday food drive.  Please place your food or monetary donations in the basket and jar in the back of the church for delivery on December 17th, in time for school Christmas recess.  Thank you to everyone who have already participated!
December 23rd Advent Music Service: Lauren Fisher is planning a special Choral Musical Advent Service on December 23rd during the 9 and10:30 services.  It will be followed by a musical labyrinth walk with harp accompaniment, weather permitting.  There will also be special recorded music for an Advent labyrinth walk following the 9AM service.
Memorial Leaves: On December 23rd, we will bless the additional memorial leaves that have been donated since our September 9th dedication service.  If you would like to have a leaf included in this service, please let Ann Fitts know by December 16th, on 301-774-4575 or by email at  Thank you
Advent: A Season of Waiting – A time of music, prayer, and silence.
   Tuesdays  of Advent
  • December 18 5 p.m.
Candlelight Labyrinth Walk with Music: There will be candlelight and music on the labyrinth from 6:30-8:00 PM in celebration of Advent on Tuesdays December 11th and December 18th.  Please come and bring friends.  
Prayer Beads Workshops:   The following is our schedule for the remainder of the year.  Please plan to join us as we make beads and eat pizza!  No experience is necessary.
December 18th, Tuesday at 6:30 PM
December 19th, Wednesday at noon
Christmas Worship Services
December 24  5 p.m. and 10 p.m.
December 25  10 a.m. Quiet Worship
The Worship Assistants for Christmas Eve are:
                                                        5 pm                                    10 pm
Acolyte                                      Charley  Burns                         Ed Dalton
Chalice Bearer                          Susan Schreiner                        Ed Dalton
Lector                                       Deborah Howard                      Meredith Smith
We still need Ushers for both  services on Christmas Eve and throughout the year
We are also in need of readers for 9 am service of Lessons and Carols on December 23, 2018
Contact the office if you can serve in any of these positions by phone 301-355-7189 or
Youth Group:  Contact person is Chris Dennison  240-478-7988
St. John’s & Bartholomew’s Youth Group (“Jay Bees”) will be starting Sun., 9/23.
10/21:  Confirmation Classes begin at St. John’s, 6:00-9:00 PM (more info to come)
 All times are from 5:00-7:00 PM unless otherwise mentioned.  The routine will be:
  • 2nd Sundays:  Jay Bees Youth Group
  • 4th Sundays:  Jay Bees Youth Group
 Sunday School Schedule : September – December 2018
December 16 *Christmas Pageant*
Please arrive no later than 10:10. Adult Participation is needed to help change in and out of costumes. Following the service a special visitor will arrive in the undercroft!
December 23-Jan 5 – No Sunday School